You can configure UMDS to connect to the Web sites of third-party vendors to download ESXi 5.x and ESXi 6.0 host patches and notifications. You can also configure the URL addresses from which UMDS downloads virtual appliance upgrades.


  1. Log in to the machine where UMDS is installed, and open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Navigate to the directory where UMDS is installed.
    The default location in 64-bit Windows is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\Update Manager.
  3. Configure UMDS to download data from the new URL address.
    • To add a new URL address for downloading patches and notifications for ESXi 5.x or ESXi 6.0 hosts, run the following command:
      vmware-umds -S --add-url https://host_URL/index.xml --url-type HOST
    • To add a URL address for downloading virtual appliance upgrades, run the following command:
      vmware-umds -S --add-url https://virtual_appliance_URL/index.xml --url-type VA
  4. (Optional) Remove a URL address, so that UMDS will not download data from it anymore.
    Downloaded data is retained and can be exported.
    vmware-umds.exe -S --remove-url https://URL_to_remove/index.xml


UMDS is configured to download host patches and notifications, as well as virtual appliance upgrades from specific URL addresses.

What to do next

Download the patches and notifications using UMDS.